09.07.11 Ex Parte, NTCA meeting with Margaret McCarthy re RLEC Plan, WC 01-90, et al


Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers, WC Docket No. 07-135; High-Cost Universal Service Support, WC Docket No. 05-337; Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime, CC Docket 01-92; Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, CC Docket No. 96-45; Lifeline and Link-Up, WC Docket No. 03-109

On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, the undersigned from the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association ("NTCA") met with Margaret McCarthy, the wireline policy advisor to Commissioner Michael Copps, to discuss matters related to the above-referenced proceedings.

NTCA urged the Federal Communications Commission (the "Commission") to take prompt action to adopt the universal service fund ("USF") and intercarrier compensation ("ICC") reform plan (the "RLEC Plan") that NTCA had previously submitted in cooperation with 35 other national, regional, and state rural telecom associations in these proceedings. See Comments of NTCA, et al. (filed April 18, 2011), at 7-38 and Attachments A and C; see also Ex Parte filing of NTCA (filed May 26, 2011). NTCA contrasted this detailed plan with the proposals and assertions filed recently by others who continue largely to fall back upon sweeping policy arguments and provide little, if any, detail on the workings or consequences of their positions.


 09.07.11 FCC ex parte - Margaret McCarthy - Meeting.pdf